German police arrested 10 people in pre-dawn raids on Saturday on suspicion they were planning major attacks with stockpiled weapons and explosives, a prosecution spokesman said.

One of the 10 was confirmed as a Tajikistan national, but officials disclosed few other details about the suspects who were detained in the early hours in western and southern parts of the country.

READ  Wolf approaching Banff Nationwide Park campers prompts warning

Public broadcaster BR later reported that the 10 had been released but investigations were continuing.

READ MORE: Gardener suspected of planting bombs found dead in Germany

Prosecutors said the suspects were arrested for allegedly plotting a “serious, state-endangering crime.” Local media reported that they were sympathizers of the Islamic State militant group.

READ  B.C. Indigenous and environmental groups blast NEB approval of Trans Mountain pipeline (News)

Germany has been the scene of several Islamist militant attacks in recent years, including a 2016 truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead.

WATCH: PM Trudeau, German chancellor lay flowers at Berlin Christmas market (Feb. 17, 2017)

READ  NFL FANTASY PREVIEW: Prime 30 quarterbacks

Authorities across Europe are also on high alert for attacks from right-wing extremists after last week’s New Zealand mosque attack that left 50 dead.

Austrian police are investigating links between the attacker and the far-right Identitarian Movement, which opposes Muslim immigration.

German police release 11 detained on suspicions of terrorism after no weapons found



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here